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Franco-American Fusion: Top-Charting Pianist Releases Album

Simone Dinnerstein releases her new album Tuesday that features French and American composers.
Simone Dinnerstein releases her new album Tuesday that features French and American composers.
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

In 2015, it seems normal for burgeoning artists to self-fund their projects online and through fundraisers. In 2007, however, online platforms like Kickstarter didn’t even exist.

So, when pianist Simone Dinnerstein raised her own funds for her first solo album, which features Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” it was a truly revolutionary move. That album ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week.

Since then, Dinnerstein has released four more solo piano albums, a folk-rock-classical fusion album with singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, and recorded recitals. 

Tuesday, Dinnerstein releases her solo album, ”Broadway-Lafayette,” which features Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major,” Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue,” and a concerto composed for Dinnerstein by Philip Lasser, called “The Circle and the Child.” 

“The Circle and the Child” originally premiered here in Atlanta with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and while Dinnerstein doesn’t currently have a tour date to Atlanta, she makes the rounds quite frequently.